A Note From Our Principal
Summer is here and we are teaching, learning, and growing together! Our students are jumping into action, playing games, exploring nature, being creative, and participating in other fun summer-themed activities. Our school-age summer camp is having a blast at the water parks, movies, and a variety of field trips. Our preschoolers are enjoying water play days and snow cone days. We have the Playground Theater group coming, as well as karate and dance lessons. As always, the children are learning through our Links to Learning curriculum all summer long. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer holds for us.
Independence Day Activities
Our classrooms will be working on festive activities for July 4th all week long. They are creating red, white, and blue art projects, food activities, and games.
As a reminder, please make sure to refresh the spare clothing in your child’s cubby. Take home anything that no longer fits and leave a spare set of well-fitting, weather-appropriate clothes.
July 4th – School closed
July 28th – End of Month Folders go home
Bring Out Your Child’s Best This Summer
This summer is your child’s time to shine, and we are here to help. Our counselors and specialists do what they enjoy most: inspire campers to explore, reach for new heights, and expand their horizons. Your child will make new friends, master new skills, and engage in enriching activities – all while having fun in a safe and secure environment.
Our Links to Learning Curriculum is a year-long program, but we add in even more exciting activities and special events during the summer for campers ages 1 to 4. Themed activity blocks are sprinkled throughout each week, giving campers variety in their day. This year’s blocks include Art Adventures, Music Makers, Food Fun, Water Works, Let’s Go Garden, Messy Mixtures, and more.
Parents loved our Kindergarten Enrichment program last summer, so we are bringing it back again this year. Designed for preschool graduates starting kindergarten in the fall, we work on sharpening literacy and math skills, while also providing opportunities to practice kindergarten etiquette through authentic play and collaborative learning. Students have a blast engaging in inquiry-based, hands-on activities that build upon foundational skills, such as science and engineering.
We haven’t forgotten about school-age children. Many of our preschools also offer summer camp for students ages 5 to 12. Students jump into action as they explore science and nature, creative and performing arts, sports and games, and so much more. Our camp features a unique selection of indoor and outdoor activities and field trips that take advantage of resources in the local area. Just like our preschool camp, activity blocks add variety in the camp day.
Get ready to see your child shine! We can’t wait to see you soon.
The World is Evolving, and So Has Our Curriculum
Our goal has always been to provide a learning environment that fosters curiosity and creativity and prepares children for kindergarten and beyond. We evaluate our proprietary curriculum, Links to Learning, regularly to ensure that we continue delivering the program students need.
We know that the world is constantly evolving, and the skills children need today are different from what they were even a few years ago. Because of this, we’ve made the following important enhancements to our curriculum.
- Children have more opportunities to practice social-emotional skills.
Social-emotional learning has always been a hallmark of our curriculum, as these skills are just as important as foundational academic skills. We want our students to be happy, thriving, and making friends. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve added even more hands-on activities for children to practice setting goals, problem-solving, developing self-confidence and sharing. As always, our teachers help children by modeling appropriate behaviors, giving effective praise, and providing verbal and visual cues.
- Children participate in more hands-on activities to provoke questions and attitudes about themselves and others.
When children feel emotionally and physically safe, they are more likely to take on challenges and be more comfortable in their learning. We’ve always been steadfast in our commitment to designing classrooms and teaching strategies that support diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We’ve added more items to help facilitate that learning, such as dolls with various skin tones, puzzles and games depicting various cultures, musical instruments from other countries, and culturally diverse dramatic play props.
- We’ve enhanced skills throughout all subject areas to further prepare children for elementary school and beyond.
We’ve integrated more opportunities during the day for your child to strengthen the muscles needed for writing across various subject areas. This includes activities to exercise fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination using safety scissors, tweezers, tongs, and paintbrushes. We’ve also adapted a spiralized approach to our Spanish curriculum, meaning that teachers will introduce new vocabulary while reviewing the vocabulary learned in younger classrooms. Children have opportunities to practice Spanish during transitions, centers, and even in outdoor learning experiences.
- We’ve updated our family communication pieces.
We place a premium on making sure our families know what skills their child is working on, how they’re progressing, and what they’re loving most. We’ve included a QR code in our End of the Month folders so families can digitally see all the skills and goals their child achieved that month. Continuing the learning at home is now even easier with our refreshed Baby Sign Language poster, Spanish posters, and activity letters. Our Links 2 Home app and Family Reports have also been updated to give teachers space to showcase how each child is practicing social-emotional skills and the progress they are making.
Our sick policy aims to reduce the spread of illness among our students and encourage full recovery of sick children before they return to school. We depend on parents to assist us in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all our children.
Children may be sent home if they have any concerning symptoms. Also, a child must be free of these symptoms for at least 24 hours before returning to school. These symptoms include:
- A Fever of 100 degrees or more
- Vomiting within the previous 24-hour period
- Diarrhea within the last 24-hour period
- Symptoms of an infectious disease
- Fussy, cranky behavior and not themself
- Green runny nose
Following an illness, a child may return to school once seen by a doctor or determined that the disease is not contagious. (A doctor’s clearance may be requested.) Please help us keep all of our children healthy by following these rules. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Thank you for being so supportive!
TUITION: Tuition is due the 1st business day of every month. Accounts not paid in full by noon on the second business day of every month will automatically receive a late fee of $30. If tuition is not paid in full by the 5th business day of each month, your child may not attend until the balance is paid in its entirety. Failure to comply with tuition policies will result in a notice of dis-enrollment. If you’d like to sign up for our ACH program, which automatically pulls your monthly tuition from the account of your choice on the 1st business day of every month, just let us know, and we will help enroll you.